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>> hilhello everybody will comeo al jazeera america i'm david shoe a shoe atthanschuster in n. the tropical storm haiyan is hitting the pil fill europeans.. it m wind gusts of 195 miles-per-hour and after passing over philippines it will hit is the righvietnam and laos. >> the fda as is making transfat illegal in our food.
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this is the if first time the a has acknowledged that transfats are unsafe. >> president obama apologized to today to people that are losing health insurance plans that he said they could keep. >> i am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. >> millions of people learned that their healthcare coverage could be kind. canceled. >> those are the headlines. >> auto i'm david shuster. >> we continue with our investigation with she'l sheila mcvicker.
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we tak leaving hundreds of family with help they had been promised and needed we asked the red cross for an on camera interview, but the request was denied. i was in new york and work being workg with the sandy operation for months. >> we have protected this man's identity and changed his voice. he has direct knowledge of his move in program. people were promised money by the red cross these people have been home oless or displaced for year. they were made promises by the red cross and the red cross failed to honor. >> the red cross lawnched their move in assistance program. the red cross workers were told how to
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interpret the program criteria. each case had multibel multiplef approval. >> why were there people in the pipe line and all o all of a sun were not processed. >> the eli eliel will i we showed him a red cross document which was used by case workers with now disqualified victims. we are committed to being good stewards of donated dollars and regularly evaluate our work. >> and to ensure that open cases guidelines. >> is that an accurate statement? >> it's a nice statement and i do believe in general they do
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try to be a good stewards of the donor dollar. there were clientness that cli clients that that wer deemed donors. the red cross insists the criteria was applied from february onward. that is not what red cross workers told us. >> we spoke to two former and one red cross worker. they stay afte say after may 6te was so much confusion they were offeredded tordered not to speah client. the case workers were told not to speak with client. >> not to speak with client of the not to speak with client at all they were not sure of the effect of the changes.
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>> some red cross workers were so up si upset they quit their jobs. none of the former red cross workers they spoke to can tell us why the change in intertion was made. just that it came from upper management one described it as "asash arbi "as
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at the disasters account ability program doeses of people were funded and then denied. >> somsome were told that they e getting the money in the mail. >> the check was cut and this is what you are going to get. >> and the check never came. >> there were hundreds of other cases that were somewhere in the pipe line. where the case worker had been given a positive indication to the climate. client. these were not a small hiccups these were enormous migraines. after asking for explanationings
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to the pro program the red cross said they would review and make good on cases. >> the red cross says if client were promised assistance by the rered cross case worker we will honor their request even if they don't meet program criteria. >> the red cross will continue to work with us on sandy relief. >> last month during a news conference, the u.s. attorney general says after investigation of complaints the red cross would now contribute more money to helping sandy victims. >> they are working to correct problems and review cases that people were denied relief. >> but "america tonight" received this e-mail. it's dated september 20th and
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reveals further changes to the implementation of the program. the request refused and guidelines are more strictly evaenforced now. >> they never came back. >> laura is one of those that had her case reviewed and denied the second time. and then it started to leak. i am hoping that my boilers will hold out. and if they don't i will boar borrow money. >> she was not eligible now because she did not stay in a hotel paid for by the government after the storm. but she has a pet. >> that would have been one. exceptions that they should have have allowed. most hotels will not take a pet those that stayed with family or friends or those that state stan
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their damaged homes one of the ways the worker described the program as arbi as ash as arbi teary. show feels door after door has been shut on her and her fawnly. family. and what hurts the most is the refusal of the red cross to help. what did you think when you got the phone call saying you were not gre going to get that money? >> i said it was wrong i said that to him. it's unfair. wathere was never an idea i was not going to be eligible. there was never that conversation.
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determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is
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that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well. >> they say they did it because they were trying to protect my children. they didn't protect my children, they traumatized them. >> fault lines examines why so many native american kids are caught in the child welfare system. >> any time they see a social worker its like seeing a police officer. the immediate response is, "they're here to take my kids". >> from the indian perspective who sees this in terms of history, this is as about as adversarial as it gets.
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nations people will gather for a different kind of tribal conference. this is the fifth gathering of it's kind and it's going to be held at the white house next week. >> one key issue that is bound to come up. in south dakota 13 percent states children are in families.
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and 50 percent are infoster care. for the lakota people the issue is not just about custody it's about cultural survival. reporting for fault lines. that lakota culture family i every family is a foster home. bebernice is raising three of hr grandchildren. >> i clean them up and send them to school and i do this all by myself that is what keeps me going. >> grand parents have the same right to raise children as parents. >> the tribe has been able to
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honor this tradition by taking over child welfare from the state. they created l owel. la coat alala lakota people we always lived crowded. and we have four or five girls laying on the floor in the bode bedroom and as long as they were safe and protected that is acceptable dss would not allow that. using our tradition and culture we were able to find a lot of kids persona permanentsy. >> bernice's grandchildren have been able to stay together and go to school and retain the lakota culture.
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the best thing in life is that we will hav we love each other. we care for each other. it's a sacred way of life for us. the transitional living program creates a who home for them. it's a home for teenagers aging out of the foster care system. >> our kids would age out of foster care with no skills to survive on their own. and a lot of them ended up pregnant or incarcerated or abusive situations and they didn't have the tools to know what independent living is. >> sarah recently arrived at the tlp. >> sh
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she went to state custody when she was eight years old and lived in 12 homes. the first time i went into the system like all i wanted was my mom. all i wanted was my dad by the time i was 13 i finally figured out my parents they don't want kids. they want to be on their own. regardless if they are there or not i didn't want fob there. there -- to be there. how did that make you feel when you found out. >> i didn't want anything to do with them they were going to keep hurting me emotionally. >> sarah is now colonel of currently pack home with her parents. and is studying for her ged trac transitional living is where i
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need to be in my life. i want a career for myself. i want to go into the navy. i'm excited about that. >> the tlp can be a life line. but it's future hinges on funding and it's facing severe cuts from see ques sequestration. our kids need to love and not to wonder where their next meal comes from. they need to he ha educate thems so they can do what i'm doing and you are doing. what the tribe is trying to do. >> with few job prospects on the reservation, many families migrate in search of work. only to find that k conditions e
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just as tough in rapid city. that are more native americans living in poverty here than anywhere in the country if their children get taken n into custoy they lack the resources to fight the state. >> my children were taken from me last week. they said my inagen inability to protect them. i let them go with their dad and their dad took them where they shouldn't have been. >> angela's children were taken to a home of a family member that abused them previously. >> ing an thepreviously.
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>> they interviewin interviewed. and they took her into another room. that is when they told me they were taking them. i couldn't even say goodbye to them. and we don't have a lot, but we have each other. it's important to me. it feels like i haven't seen my kid in a year and it's only been a week. there they are. >> i wil love you so much. baby is back. high baby. hi baby. never again, okay? angela's children are being returned to her under state soup supervision. at a future hearing she will
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find out if she will regain full custody. did you pray? >> i prayed every minute m minute. >> me too. >> me too. later angela told me about a note that the investigator sent her. >> so the wha the police are sau can decline the help of your tribe. that is not the first time she wanted to get the message to me. she also sent it to me verbally over the phone. >> why do you think she is telling me that. >> she is trying to influence me that i am better o o off with ot me. i have so many people tell me that if the social worker takes my kids i will never see them again. >> jolene has even had junction
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to challenge her right to intervene. >> the tribe has a right to intervene and they still on. on joke. - oobjectchbl . chbl. >> i can see the pain on your face. >> how can it not affect me i'm faytive. fanative. i get emotional thinking about what was lost with kid. yoyou how many kids we have lost lord? we can't change the past, but you can take bad from that and go forward.
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>> fault line's correspondent we had run ins with the child welfare system and in one case losing the one. grandchildren to the child welfare system while they kept the other one. >> my father grew up in a residential school many stories i heard did hit close to home. quite familiar and quite common among the community. and you know, full disclosure you and i met at pine ridge. you and i were working on different stories there. seeing that environment the poverty is hard to com comprehend or tell somebody else. >> and some folks say why wouldn't you want your children
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to leave that enviroment and elsewhere? >> the response that we haerd heard from people in poin pine ridge s that we may be poor in monetary terms tha, but we are rich in culture. that is what it boils down to the people that we interviewed, they have a different priority and different world view. one that celebrates their past and their her continuing. tryintheir heritage and when wef the community the traditional language and song were being used those were also the families where he would saw a cohesive kin group holding onto the children and raising the children together. so it's really
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a question of different values of the indigenous community. the people here want to be able to pass on their own cultural values to their young people. and that is not going to hoo han if their children are taken away. in the state of the south dakota abover ipoverty is not actually reasonable grounds to remove a child from a family. >> do you see a opportunity for change here through the child we'lwell fair actwelfare acted or any other way. >> the indian child welfare act is a federal law that across the united states if a native child is to be removed from their family they are first to be placed with their kin and after someone else in their tribe. until those are exhausted a
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child should be taken out and given foster care. >> the heart of the question is whether or not the exist being existing law is being lived up to in the states right now. we spoke to to many people that said the law is great. he would want th the state to fulfill it. rob canoe we appreciate you being with us. >> when we return, off the cutting room floor of history. one of the most feared leaders in the world. why didn't hollywood spotlight hitler's reign
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every hour. >> here are the headlines at this hour. >> only on al jazeera america. the benefit of min hind site. hindsight. one case in point 1930s germany as hitler came to power aand created a killing machine. didn't people know a new cinematic rerelease shows that there was a bold effort to expose the threat. >> one that could have captured america's attention. own if moviegoers had been watching. >> i have never had a man owe so able to persuade people. >> in his 1933 film neil vanderbilt tried to warn the
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world as what i saw as a serious threat, adolph hitler. >> in the hour and a half that hitler spoke to the packed audience that night. as sign of one of america's wealthiest and most powerful families va vanderbilt set out make his own expose. before i-phones and snap chat videos van de van der van der bn expensive fil film camera and a well known name that gave him key access to well known people in germany. >> what message do you have for the american people? >> vanderbilt understood the power of draw drama.
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a chilling conversation they had with the translation of the killing views. >> tell them adolph hitler is the man of that power. tell them that adolph hitter his been sent by the almighty . what about the jews, your lesson ex- ex-sy. >> tom doroth doherty. he finds it quite remarkable. when you look at the film with modern eyes how profetic the film is. at that time 1933 doherty points
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out that america was more concerned about issues at home. >> they were far away and not on many people's radar. on on this film you have corneil us vanderbilt. they are clear eyed about persecution of the jews. which brought up in a way in this film that you wouldn't see in hollywood until year later. >> vanderbilt saw the up ragech he. >> grabbing the fil filmness fid to save and i crawled under the car and glued the cans to the bottom with tape. what happens next becomes a shock to the film maker hit letter the reign of terror screened in new york and clog and san francisco. but it was immediately panned.
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>> the influential film daily dismissed the notion that hitler would be any threat. and then vanderbilt's movie faced a kind of pressure that document tea air --mentry. documentary. in 1915 they 1915 they determined that films were a business. any state or any city could ban a film or demand that a film be cut before it played in their region. so a motion picture maker really had to go through a series of options or hurdles to
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getcontroversial films played in the 1930s. which is a main reason why the hollywood studios stayed away from that controversial content. in the in >> a san francisco theater manager was eas arrested for shg the film and then it disappeared. doherty knew the film had existed and and expected he might final it. final -- find it. there i it really seemed to vanh in the map which was curious and then when the trail seemed cold, a chance discovery. deep in the stacks of the film archives. i came across this title in the at thadata base and it was ther.
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and i looked looked at it and e were the names of hitler and vanderbilt and one title. i was curious about it. why are theying to. - together and i made some inquiries and before he would new it we had something unique in our collection. >> something unique, what is believed to be the only surviving copy cuff of hitler's reign of terror. , probably someone wanted to release the film in bel belgium or europe. and we don't know what his intention was. but to release it here. and the events advanced is him and he didn't have the time to release it. the working theory is that the film was ordered before the nazis invaded bell
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belgium in 1944 if someone was showing the film they would file a complaint. so in many countries you had a censorship and they ordered the film and didn't pick it up because they knew they wouldn't be able to screen it anyway. >> it emerged as film historians are keeping a lid on hitler in the 1930s. this author accuses hollywood for forging a pact to us movie houses. when hitte hitler came to powert
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movie studios demanded that though fire half of their salesmen in germany and by 1936 they failed all of their jewish salesmen in determin germany. the nazis said they couldn't make a film showing the war or the persecution of jews. for the american business to go along with each of the demands is collaboration in a sense. the notion that hollywood was implicit is challenged 'by a reminder in the 1930s in the germany and in the you had was a very different time. >> words like collaboration and comcomecom complicity. ar are over blown.
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>> ththe images of the. >> announcer: nazis are so vivid. they are the universal universe emblem. so for the hollywood studio to be importing a film into germ germany in the 1930s wouldn't be considered a horror. >> the film screened in new york. >> we'll be right back.
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>> audiences are intelligent and they know that their
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. >> it's the latest high octane company to go public. twister is going to make the people that helped it become a sensation very, very wealthy. there are many challenges that come with this life changing event and it doesn't have to equate to retiring young and rich. we found someone who has been through it all in redmon redmondwashington.
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redmond, washington. you will find paul gross challenging the trails on his mountain bike. he retired from microsoft at 40 years old. it's bit of a dream come true growing up. everyone wanted to figure out how to make it, it was like the american dream and it was happening. and it was fun. >> he spent money on cars and golf and travel. and it all left him uneasy. i was studying spanish. i planned to learn the musical instrument and it didn't happen. i was more drawn with things with computers and things with making changes with people and i wasn't feeling the words. he came here to seattle based social venture pa partners to find a way to make life re haven't.
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relevant. >> svp has offices in 34 cities and is given out $50 million in grants. it was a good fit for gross. >> if we pool our money and human capital and time we can do a whole lot in soak social issud entrench social issues. it's a perfect example of that. after first giving time an money to support a local school. a new reason for caring and giving dropped into his life. his son was born ten weeks premature. >> as the layers unpeeled he ended up with hydrocephalus. he embraced the new mission and a simple new philosophy. >> there is an obligation with comfort to help others be more
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comp fortable. commorecomfortable. >> he has donated a million dollars and he serves on the board of the hydrocephalus association . wealth brings responsibility he now realizes and he offers advice to newcomers to the multi-million dollar game. >> find out what it is you are passionate about and do something. how much more do you need and hohow much more can you have? >> it's a responsibility that this bike rider didn't understand until the life trail he was following made him rich. that is it for us on america tonight. please join us on the workers' compensatoin site good night. we'll have more of se "america ... tomorrow.
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welcome to al jazeera america. i am stephanie sy in new york. here are the top stories at this hour: 12 million people are in the path of what meteorologists are calling the most powerful typhoon on the planet hitting the central philippines with heavy rain and wind up to 200 miles an hour whipping ups waves 12 to 15 feet high. there are initial reports from vast devastation. 1 million people have been evacuated in the philippines. signs of building momentum in the negotiations of iran's nuclear program. a state department official says john kerry is headed to geneva to help with the talks. thursday, an iranian official said an agreement washi


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